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Josiah Wedgwood

Posted by on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 in Blog

Josiah Wedgwood was the youngest of twelve children born in Burslem, Staffordshire in 1730. His home town became renowned for its pottery production in the latter half of the eighteenth century. In her early twenties, Josiah Wedgwood worked for the most renowned potter of his day Thomas Whieldon. Wedgwood became Whieldon’s partner in 1754. Josiah founded the Wedgwood company in 1759 and is credited with marrying industrialization with the production of pottery and then marketing that pottery in a modern way. Through his experimentation, large scale production and new marketing ideas, Wedgwood formed the first, true pottery factory. Inspired by archaeological discoveries and Grand Tour holidays, Neo-Classical style pervaded England and had a strong influence on all design including ceramics. Wedgwood invented Jasperware in the 1770’s with matte stoneware with relief cameo style imagery inspired by Classical cameos and images from the ancient world. From a very early date, Jasperware, in a variety of colours, was made into small ‘cameos’ for jewelry and set into affordable mediums such as cut steel. Wedgwood jewelry was very popular in the 18th century and continues into our times with everything from tie tacks to pendants and set into sterling silver or 9k gold. Wedgwood jewelry is easy to maintain with just a little warm soapy water and a soft brush. Just remember never to use an abrasive material on your Wedgwood jewelry and it can be enjoyed by generations to come.

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